“I’m tired of the motherhood competition.”
Dear Expectant Mother, You think you’re exhausted now… Simply wait.
Just wait until your baby won’t sleep, your nipples ache, sitting down hurts, and you and your husband fight more than usual.
You will most likely become depressed, you will never regain your body, your house will always be a disaster, and your social life will vanish.
Could someone please explain why this is the standard ‘welcome to motherhood’ letter that is being distributed? It was delivered to me. Many of my friends did as well. I’m guessing you did as well.
Where have all the good things going?
Why hadn’t anyone warned me that the first time Jacob laughed, I’d burst into tears of joy? That my husband and I would find a new rhythm together, and that becoming parents would reveal new strength we didn’t know we possessed?
Where was the mother to tell me that toddlers will stop in the middle of their activity to give you a slobbering kiss because they are apparently thinking about how much they love you in that little brain?
Why did it take me months to accept that I LIKED breastfeeding and being the only one who could calm my baby? Why am I made to feel as if I’m doing something wrong simply because I enjoy it?
Can we drop the ‘I’m more tired than you act and just lift each other up?
Dear new pregnant mom…you just wait.
Wait until you look into their eyes for the first time and feel a whole new level of love.
Just wait until it’s 3 a.m. and you don’t even care that you’re awake because that new baby smell is totally intoxicating.
Wait until they say ‘mama.’
Wait until you see how good of a dad your husband will become.
Just wait until their personality blooms.
Just wait until you feel so much pride every time they meet a new milestone.
Mama just waits. It only gets better!”